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Intimate New Orleans Wedding

Jessica and Ryan live in Atlanta but they chose Jessica’s hometown as the destination for their wedding. Planning from out of state with the help of Carolyn of Bee’s Weddings and Events, they pulled off a gorgeous wedding that is unique to New Orleans. Kelly is Nice flew down to the Big Easy and shared these images with us, but we have heaps more images in the gallery too.

New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory

Some words from the bride: when Ryan and I got engaged in September, it was a somewhat of a surprise to me. I’m not the type of girl that’s had my wedding planned since I was 5 years old, so I had absolutely no clue where to start. I’ve been to a few weddings in my day, but I have never been IN a wedding, so I was also unaware of pretty much all wedding traditions and what a wedding is “supposed to be”. I think this simple fact made it easier to recognize what I WANTED our wedding to be, not what our wedding was EXPECTED to be.

Vintage New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory

We tried to break out of the typical wedding traditions to give our wedding more of our personal touch, while still respecting the traditionalists in our family. The result was a sophisticated twist on Ryan and I’s original vision of a home-y, intimate outdoor wedding.

New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory

The only thing I knew for certain is that I wanted to get married in my hometown of New Orleans. Ryan agreed that New Orleans would be a fun place to get married, and a fun destination wedding trip for his family and friends in Georgia. We flew down to look at venues, and both immediately fell in love with the oak trees in City Park and Audubon Zoo. We both wanted an outdoor wedding. However, midway through touring venues that Saturday a huge thunderstorm came through. I think that spooked both of us enough to reconsider that idea, especially in the middle of hurricane season. Our compromise was the Chicory, a beautiful new venue in the Warehouse District with exposed brick walls and high ceilings. It was an old coffee warehouse in the 1800s, and was converted into a venue after Katrina. It was a blank canvas, and we began to envision our outdoor wedding being brought indoors.

Vintage New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory

Vintage New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory

I like to think Ryan and I are both creative people. I’m a graphic designer and craft-er, and in the beginning of planning I wanted to do a lot of our decorations myself. But as an out of town bride, I knew this would be difficult and time consuming. Ryan’s work had him traveling a good amount during our engagement, and I knew we would not be able to get down to New Orleans as much as we would need to to pull off a DIY wedding. I came to the decision that the practical thing would be to put my faith and trust into our wedding and floral designer, Bee’s. Eric and Carolyn at Bee’s Wedding and Event designs captured the vision of our wedding to a T. We still had our hands on certain aspects of our wedding– I designed our save the dates and invitations, and our guest book was a vintage New Orleans architecture book I found at an old book store on Magazine Street. We also got a bunch of our personal touches (cake topper, veil, garter, bridesmaid’s jewelery) on Etsy.

Vintage New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory

Eric and I communicated primarily through email, so it’s amazing he was able to capture our vision with little to no face to face meetings. We told Eric that we had wanted to get married outdoors, and that we still wanted the venue to feel like a courtyard wedding. I sent him a bunch of pictures for inspiration, and what I didn’t realize was that most of the pictures I sent him looked like things I would have around my house. Some of our decor was already set up in the the Chicory for our rehearsal dinner, and when I walked up the stairs and into the room, I almost cried. I felt like I was at home. It eased so many of the nerves I had about walking down the aisle in front of so many people!

New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory
Vintage New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory

New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory
Vintage New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory

New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory
Vintage New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory

Some of my favorite details were the found windows and doors placed by our guest book table and on our altar. Our cake tablecloths were also very interesting…the wedding cake tablecloth was made out of our wedding planner’s lace wedding dress (yes, she let us cut up her wedding dress!). We had the men in our family donate some of their old belts to make the groom’s cake tablecloth. They were woven together to make the table covering.

Vintage New Orleans Wedding at the Chicory

I have many fond memories of our wedding day, but one of the most original moments of our day didn’t come until the very end of our reception. The “second line” is a New Orleans celebratory tradition. For those who are unfamiliar with the tradition, a “first line” is a brass band parading through the street, and the “second line” is the crowd that follows and dances through the street behind the band. Second lines can happen at any time to celebrate any occasion. Weddings, funerals, births, or just even just a typical Saturday when you are feeling particularly happy to be alive.

Bee’s Weddings and Events, they pulled off a gorgeous wedding that is unique to New Orleans. Kelly is Nice flew down to the Big Easy and shared these images with us, but we have View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (New Orleans, LA + Atlanta, GA):

Venue: The Chicory Venue / Photography: Kelly is Nice / Event Designer and Florist: Bee’s Weddings and Events / Wedding Dress and Necklace: Rivini / Invitations: DIY inspired by Kiera Ormut-Fleishman / Veil: FascinatingCreations on Etsy / Favors: Hubig’s Pies / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jcrew / Cake: The Royal Cakery / Reception Band: Deacon John / Second Line Band: Ruddley and the Algiers Brass Band / Second Line Handkerchiefs: Gem Printing Company / Wedding Shoes: “i do” by Seychelles / Hair: Ashely at Salon M / Makeup: Christy Chaffin Thiessen (friend) / Bicycle Cake Topper: heatherboyd on Etsy

24 Comments on Intimate New Orleans Wedding

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  • 1

    After seeing beautiful fun images like this one, how could you ever tire of weddings?

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  • 2

    love how posh their invites look!

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  • 3

    Vintage details add so much charm, as well as the exposed brick on the venue!

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  • 4

    Love the bride’s second dress–would you mind sharing the designer?

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  • 5

    What a fabulous party… and I was going to comment about how much I loved the stationery (swirly bits… woooh) and the scooter (I’m the biggest scooter-fan wedding-blogger you’ll ever see!)
    In the end, every pic had me smiling and sighing happily. Brilliant!

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  • 6

    My goodness! TOTALLY love it! So fun!

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  • 7

    It’s the bride here :) The second line dress is actually from H and M. Somewhere around $30!

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    Alisha - Hummingbird Hall on July 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Love NOLA! Love this wedding (wonderful details!)

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  • 9

    Beautiful! Bee’s did another spectacular job with flowers and decor I would recommend them to anyone. If you want to see more “like” them on Facebook at “Bees Wedding and Event Designs”

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  • 10

    We enjoyed working with Jessica & Ryan on their vintage theme wedding. Kelly with Kelly is Nice Photography did a fantastic job capturing the details of the wedding.If you are planning a destination wedding to New Orleans you need to check out “The Chicory” for your venue. It is a great venue to create your dream wedding. To see more of our decor designs check us out on Facebook @ Bees Wedding and Event Designs and like our business page. Thanks Carolyn & Eric

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  • 11

    I adore the second line- what a fun tradition!

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  • 12
    Cheryl Rhody on July 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    This wedding oozes Southern Charm! Such vintage romance, love it! Can you please tell me if the stationary in the antique luggage are programs or favors? Curious :)

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    Cheryl Rhody on July 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    This wedding oozes Southern Charm! Such vintage romance, love it! Can you please tell me if the stationary in the antique luggage are programs or favors? Curious :)

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  • 14

    Any idea where the bridesmaid shoes came from, the ones on the right hand side with the diagonal straps across the foot and the bow at the ankle? those are exactly what I’ve been looking for!!!

    Ps I’m getting married in New Orleans next spring, so happy to see another beautiful nola wedding.

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    Pearl Parasol {Pretty Events} on July 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Wow! Love the belt weave! The favour table is awesome! Beautifully done

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  • 16

    That invitation is lovely, and looks awfully familiar:

    http://ohsobeautifulpaper.com/2010/07/pink-gold-wedding-invitations

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  • 17

    LOVE the invites. I’m totally impressed that the bride came up with them herself!

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  • 18

    Now that is a fun and beautiful wedding! Love the short focus shot of the Bride

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  • 19

    Seconding the request to find out about the bridesmaids shoes, far right in the photo posted! I’ve been looking for shoe’s like that to wear at our reception dinner.

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  • 20

    Where did you get those shoes???

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  • 21

    I absolutely love your necklace! Where can I purchase one or one similar?

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  • 22
    Carissa Swift on August 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Hey!
    Im in the process of planning my wedding and I LOVE the shoes you wore!! Where did you get them? It would be amazing to have those on my feet on my wedding day :)
    Thanks,
    Carissa

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  • 23

    Gorgeous wedding!! Would love to know how y’all liked Deacon John as your band? We are considering them for our wedding.

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  • 24

    Absolutely beautiful! So much detail, layers and layers. And your dress … all I can do is gush – it fits perfectly!

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